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Del The Funky Homosapien, Domino & Dante Ross Detail The Making Of No Need For Alarm

The cornerstone of Del The Funky Homosapien’s career and artistic identity belongs to his second album, No Need For Alarm. Released 25 years ago last month, the Elektra Records LP may not be remembered as a commercial triumph. However, the record increased the profiles of Del’s Hieroglyphics cohorts, establishing a... Read more

Jackson 5 Patriarch Joe Jackson Has Passed Away At Age 89

Joseph Walter Jackson, one of music's most famed and successful managers, has died this morning (June 27). The 89-year-old Jackson was battling pancreatic cancer. In the last three years, the longtime executive behind the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, and Janet Jackson had suffered a stroke and survived an injury in... Read more

The Man Who Guided Nas’ Career Has $70 Million To Help Hip-Hop Artists Keep Their Masters

Master recordings are coveted in the music industry. In the 1980s and 1990s, many Hip-Hop artists signed contracts that gave away ownership of master recordings to record labels. With resources, relationships, and infrastructure, they would generate songs that would hopefully turn to hits, and the artist's star would rise. That... Read more

Yasiin Bey Discusses The Drama That’s Caused Him To Fall Back From The Music Business (Video)

Even since his days as mighty Mos Def, Yasiin Bey does not do many interviews. However, the Black Star MC recently gave Ebro In The Morning more than one hour of his time—reportedly impromptu. The MC/actor/poet and activist jumped in a cab and appeared before Ebro and company to speak... Read more

Eminem’s Manager Paul Rosenberg To Be Def Jam’s New Leader

From the very beginning of Eminem's late 1990s meteoric rise, Paul Rosenberg became more than a manager. Even for those disinterested in industry figures, "Paul" is widely known through his skits on every Em' album dating back to 1999's The Slim Shady LP of that name. Variety reports that Rosenberg... Read more

Lil Wayne Joins Roc Nation. The “Best Rapper Alive” May Soon Get His Cash Money.

Lil Wayne has been symbolically estranged from Cash Money Records for more than two years. While Weezy F. Baby has since been photographed with onetime adoptive guardian Birdman (the label's co-founder) during his $51 million lawsuit, the New Orleans, Louisiana MC has been unable to release projects, namely the long-awaited... Read more

Eminem Welcomes Westside Gunn & Conway To Shady Records With A Just Blaze Track (Audio)

Eminem shook up the Hip-Hop space in the early 2010s when he renovated Shady Records. As 50 Cent's tenure with the label was ending, Em' brought a long-awaited Bad Meets Evil album to light with Royce 5'9, inked Slaughterhouse, and provided a major home for Yelawolf. Between 2010 and 2012,... Read more

Jim Jones Gets Teary Detailing His Sacrifices For Cam’ron & Dipset (Video)

Yesterday (February 8), it was announced that Jim Jones signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation. The same night, the Bronx, New York native and onetime The Diplomats mainstay appeared on Funkmaster Flex's show. There, Jim sat for more than an hour, and cleared the table on his frustrations with Cam'ron—a... Read more

Foe Turned Friend. Jay Z Signs Jim Jones To Roc Nation.

At the height of Roc-A-Fella Records, a number of interviews have suggested that co-founder Jay Z was not always thrilled with Cam'ron and The Diplomats. From Dame Dash's impromptu promotion of childhood friend Cam' to label VP, to reports of wrongly parked cars in the mogul's designated spot, to reportedly... Read more

T.I. Appoints Trae Tha Truth To Vice President Of Grand Hustle Records (Video)

For more than 30 years, MCs have held executive positions at records labels. From the days of Eazy-E's Ruthless imprint or Schoolly D Records, it is not uncommon for artists to control the music they makes and others'. Over the last 20 years, some of these labels have subsequently empowered... Read more

Fat Joe Signs To Jay Z’s Roc Nation. Their Beef Is All The Way Over (Audio)

In 2016, Fat Joe and Jay Z made a statement in both of their careers when they recorded the "All The Way Up (Remix)" together (alongside Remy Ma). Reportedly dating back to the late 1990s, the eventual Terror Squad leader and the Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder were caught in a beef... Read more

Cole World: In A Historic Week, His Eyez Have Views Even Drake Can’t See

It has been 12 days since J. Cole released his fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only. In that time since the Dreamville/Roc Nation released, it has topped the charts for the fourth consecutive time for the Fayetteville, North Carolina MC/producer. This feat also joined an exclusive, three-artist club in Hip-Hop.... Read more

Chance The Rapper Makes History “Coloring” His Way Onto The Charts

Two Thursdays ago (May 12), Chance The Rapper released his third official mixtape, Coloring Book. Featuring Kanye West, Jay Electronica, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, and a host of others, the project was not available for sale. Instead, it was licensed to Apple Music for streaming, with promises for... Read more

T.I. Joins Roc Nation, Announces Part Ownership In Tidal

Less than six months after announcing his departure from Columbia/Sony Records, T.I. has announced his new home. The Atlanta, Georgia veteran MC has moved his business and his Hustle Gang imprint (a/k/a Grand Hustle Records) under Jay Z's Roc Nation umbrella. There, Tip joins the likes of collaborators such as... Read more

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Now Platinum As RIAA Adds Streams To Criteria

Two of 2015's most talked about Hip-Hop albums can now claim platinum status. Just weeks before the Grammy Awards, Kendrick Lamar's sophomore major label album To Pimp A Butterfly now has the same celebrated benchmark of its 2012 predecessor, good kid, m.A.A.d city. Additionally, Big Sean achieves his first platinum... Read more

Rick Ross Leaves Def Jam, Signs With Epic Records

For the last decade, Rick Ross has been a star at Def Jam Records. Since releasing breakthrough single "Hustlin'" in 2006, Ross released eight albums with the New York City based label. Five of those albums reached #1 on the charts, while half of those works have been certified gold.... Read more

Pusha T Named President Of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music

Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music has appointed Pusha T to label president today (November 9). The announcement came via press release from Pusha's spokesperson. The Grammy-nominated veteran MC has released one album with the label, 2013's My Name Is My Name, after signing in 2010. Speaking with Billboard, Pusha T revealed... Read more

Friday Is The New Tuesday…Albums Will Now Drop In Time For The Weekend

An age-old tradition for music consumers is about to change. For Heads who waited outside record stores on Tuesday mornings, or stay up way too late waiting to buy from digital retailers on a work/school-night for a particular anticipated release, times, they are a changin'. Billboard has reported that effective... Read more

Atmosphere Releases The 1995 Video That Got The Rhymesayers Goin’ & It’s Still Relevant (Video)

Now a chart-topping independent Hip-Hop juggernaut, Atmosphere had less glamorous beginnings. The Minneapolis, Minnesota crew centered around MC Slug and producer Ant had a lot of "Headshots" leading up to their studio debut, Overcast! In a benchmark year for Rhymesayers Entertainment, some of those rarely-discussed songs, tapes, and moments are... Read more

Rhymesayers Is An Indie Juggernaut. 20 Years Deep, Atmosphere Looks Back (Video)

Today, Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Rhymesayers Entertainment has not only become a tall-standing music beacon within the Twin Cities, the label has recruited notable outsiders such as MF DOOM, Freeway, Jake One, Aesop Rock, Abstract Rude and Blueprint for releases. These days, RSE—like Strange Music, Rostrum, or TDE, knows how to rock... Read more

Snoop Dogg Signs With Pharrell, Again, For An Album Called…Bush

UPDATE: Following October 2014's news that Snoop and Pharrell were back in business together (read below), some details have emerged on the forthcoming album. To be titled Bush, is due in March, 2015. Snoop reportedly confirmed this last night (January 7) at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Some... Read more

Mac Miller Inks A Deal With Warner Bros. For 8 Figures & Drops Off A Loosie (Audio)

After a January, 2014 amicable-but-high profile exit from the Rostrum Records team that helped bring him to stardom, Mac Miller has officially made his next move. The Most Dope front man has headed to Warner Bros. Records, according to The Fader. The report states that the deal, including housing M.M.'s... Read more

Cormega Knows If It’s Not Bringing In Dollars, It’s Not Making Sense In The Industry (Video)

What makes dollars doesn't always make sense. Cormega, who was introduced to the culture as a part of the Nas constructed super group The Firm, takes his time to eloquently explain his beliefs about the money grubbing customs of the "Industry" that take away from the art and instead focus... Read more

Cormega Calls Out The Industry Over A Smooth Large Professor Beat (Audio)

If anybody can be skeptical of record industry tactics, it's Queens veteran Cormega. "'Mega Montana" famously turned down a management offer from Steve Stoute, costing him a founder's spot in The Firm. When Nas, AZ, and Foxy Brown inked a mid-90s deal with Interscope/Aftermath, Cormega was abruptly replaced by The... Read more